Battle Between Flesh And The Spirit
Mmm…. looks like you have got yourself into a conflicting mess, I guess. Yes, flesh and spirit always clash and in all cases flesh will win, as long as we live; hence there is no point in attempting to “conquer” as some hermits do. Well, this does not mean that we can completely stop resisting the conquest, but my point is that the flesh is not the “flesh” that the dictionary defines. For instance, people always try to separate “thought” and “action”; e.g., “sinful thought” and “sinful action”. What they fail to understand is that both are the same, after all, action is the manifestation of thought and it is the root of all actions! In other words, just because the thought has not manifested into action, it does not mean that the consequences of the uncommitted action are absent (maybe in mortal terms, but not true in the spiritual realm). So this idea of binding action alone to flesh is incomplete. Flesh encompasses the thought as well as the action that proceeds from the same thought. Hence conquering action should start from conquering the thought, which you know how futile would that attempt be!!
More confused than before, uh??…..
p.s. With no surprise, this rationale holds good for righteousness as well. Although incomparable to the purity of heaven, the 2 cent offering by the poor woman was considered an act of rigorousness than a pompous contribution by the rich (hope you can recollect this incident in the Bible)
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I really appreciate your reply. There is a profound reality to it. I appreciate your sincerity and truthfullness. Accepting what life offers is just great. Acceptance is the key word here.
There has always been the fight between the will and the mind and Adam did decide to go for the forbidden fruit and from that day we moved further away from eternal peace.
Good to hear that you are pretty busy. Has the school started for your son? How is your daughter doing? probably running around and testing out what can be broken:-)
From: Priscilla Edward
….BTW, Adam when accepted his wife’s offer to sin he did not fight between his will and his mind (you mean spirit and flesh I guess); he just did it because he CHOOSE to ignore his subordination to God and CHOOSE to rebel against the HIM (the authority) by CHOOSING to obey his subordinate (his wife & the serpent). I know what you are thinking; yes he did have the freewill to choose between “dos” and “don’ts” before the fall. The fight between the spirit and the flesh started after the fall as the consequence of the curse. In fact, the thing that we call “fight” between the spirit and flesh is actually the rebel that the flesh (subordinate) is putting against the spirit (the authority), exactly the same way how he did it against his the authority. This is the current pathetic state of a human who cannot have the flesh obey his own spirit, for that matter the entire creation which was supposed to be subordinate to him actually rebels against him! Nevertheless, because of one sacrifice (the LAMB of God) this curse will been be removed and we will be given a new body that which obeys the spirit. When? Upon resurrection!
Good topic to ponder and keep you busy too…